Surf Fishing Equipment Guide

surf fishing equipment

Surf fishing gear and techniques for surf fishing are very different from those utilized on the open water front, so let’s take a quick look at some surf fishing equipment essentials. Rods and reel hooks should both be between 12 and 14 feet long, at a medium to fast action, capable of casting spoons and plugs up to 3 ounces. Live bait and plugs should also be between 2 and 3 ounces, live worms being the preferred method of bait casting for surf fishermen. Reels, like most things, need oiled to prevent rust, and need to be replaced every few years. Specialized spinning reels are best suited for the surf fisher, as they will spin faster, but will also fly faster when the fish strikes it.

The Most Overlooked Pieces Of Surf Fishing Equipment Basics Is The Bait Rods

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To go along with your surf fishing equipment, you will also want to bring the following into the water: polarized sunglasses, a hat with a wide brim, sunglasses for eyes that are water resistant, a full face mask, a paddle with fluorocarbon sinkers and a set of wire rippers. The last two items will help protect you against the sun, especially if you are fishing in an area where the sun is out most of the time. If you are going to be casting while wearing a mask, you need to make sure the foam cut out of the back of your mask is completely covered by your goggles. Also, you will want to bring some swivel cord tie downs to tie down your rig to the shore.

One of the most overlooked pieces of surf fishing equipment basics, but an essential to a successful day on the water, is the bait rods. With most species of fish, you will require at least two bait rods, as well as one or two extra in your tackle box just in case one of them gets away. You can purchase bait rods at your local sporting goods store or surf shop, and many times will be able to be purchased from other anglers that are selling theirs. When shopping for bait rods, you will need to keep in mind the size of the fish you are targeting, the weather you will be fishing in, and the type of bait that works best with that fish.

Spinning Reels Are Very Similar To Baitcasting Reels

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Spinning reels are very similar to baitcasting reels, except you will be using a fly instead of bait. Spinning reels will also need to be filled with the right type of line, and with different line sizes for different species of fish. Most surf fishing equipment shops will sell spinner reels that will work well with all of your gear. However, to make sure you have the right type of spinner reel, you should test it out first. It will save you a lot of frustration if you mess up on a spinner reel while you are testing it.

Saltwater surf fishing will require you to have much larger bait and lures than you would use with freshwater fishing. The saltwater fish will be much larger than the freshwater fish. This is because they live in much larger bodies of water, and eat much larger meals. The lures you use need to be much larger than normal, to allow you to see your surf fish, and allow them to take the lure in.

Larger Surf Fishing Rods Require Much Larger Handles

With saltwater surf fishing rods and reels, it is important to remember how much you can actually handle. Larger surf fishing rods require much larger handles, as you are pulling the rod much further away from your body. There are also different types of tests that are available, as well as different ways to hold the rod when you are fishing. You will need to experiment to see which method of holding fishing rods works the best for you. It might take you a few tries until you find the way that makes you feel most comfortable with the way the rod is held.

The third type of surf fishing equipment is the type of lure you will use. The best type of lure to use is called a “rig”. A “rig” is any artificial bait that you use on your surf fishing rods and reels. It can be just about anything that looks like real bait but is artificial. Most popular items you will use are worms and insects that look real but are actually made from plastic and/or fiberglass.


Once you have all your supplies together, you are ready to get out on the water and cast your rig into the water. When you first cast your rig, you want to cast it out a little further out than you expect, just to get an idea of how far the fish will go. Once you know how far out you are going, you can start adjusting your reel and rod until you have found the best spot for your bait to hide in. Remember to always take a minute or two to watch where you are casting so you don’t accidentally cast too far out. Once you have found the perfect spot and are now sure you have enough atmosphere to fully cast your bait into the water, you are now ready to let your bait fly.

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